The Pavilion

Our jazz nights at the Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club are held on the second Wednesday of each month. It’s a perfect venue, with a bar that is just the right size with good seating, a great atmosphere, a nice view, a large car park, disabled access, and of course a licensed bar with guest real ales! Since we started holding our monthly jazz nights in March 2011, Guildford Jazz has established itself as a popular club on the British jazz circuit – here are a few of the guests we’ve had the pleasure of inviting.

You can find the address and directions here, or please contact us if you need help. If you haven’t been before, please email us at info@guildfordjazz.org.uk if you’d like any more information.

The gigs start at 8pm, and the doors open at 7.30pm. Ticket prices for each event are below – they’re cheapest if you reserve in advance – just email info@guildfordjazz.org.uk , telling us the number of tickets you’d like, and pay cash on the door when you arrive. If you want to pay in advance we have an online booking website (links under each event below), but please not that they charge a 10% booking fee.

Coming up…

December 20th at St John’s Church – Joanna Eden’s “A Swinging Christmas”

January 10th – Freddie Gavita/Chris Allard Quintet

February 14th – Jim Mullen and Zoe Francis


December 20th A SWINGING CHRISTMAS

Our Christmas Party with Joanna Eden and the Jazz at the Movies Band is at St John’s Church in Farncombe – full details here…


January 10th FREDDIE GAVITA/CHRIS ALLARD QUINTET

Trumpet player Freddie Gavita, a member of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, guest soloist with the BBC Big Band, and featured on the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, bring his quintet of some of the hottest musicians in town, to the intimate “jazz club” atmosphere of Guildford Jazz at the Pavilion. Seating is cabaret style with a licensed bar – the perfect New Year pick-me-up! 

Freddie Gavita (trumpet/flugelhorn), Chris Allard (guitar), Ross Stanley (piano), John Blease (drums), Marianne Windham (bass)

Freddie GavitaA graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Freddie Gavita rose to prominence through the John Dankworth Orchestra, and has been a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra for ten years. He has performed as a guest soloist with the BBC Big Band and featured twice on the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. He has made numerous radio and television appearances, most notably in series three Downton Abbey!

Freddie has played with, among others, Peter Erskine, Joe Locke, John Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Tim Garland, Jon Faddis, Gregory Porter, Curtis Stigers, Paloma Faith, Jess Glynne, Seth McFarlane and Dionne Warwick.

A fearless improviser, “he solos with fluent authority, his tone ranging from the warmly conversational to the eloquently strident.”  He has been nominated for the British Jazz Awards 2017 in the Best Trumpet category and his recently released CD, Transient, garnered a 4 star review in the Observer.

“A talented trumpet prodigy” John Walters, The Guardian

Chris-Allard-photo-Mark-HughesChris Allard is a freelance guitarist based in London. He has performed at major festivals and venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, Montreux Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, The Royal Festival Hall and elsewhere . He has also played live on TV and radio, and appeared on numerous albums. Chris has performed/recorded with many leading jazz musicians and also leads his own group, which has performed at festivals and respected venues in the UK and Europe and has received critical acclaim including four stars in Guitarist.

“One of the great guitarists in this country” Jamie Cullum

Doors 7.30pm, Music 8pm Tickets £14 in advance (students £7) by contacting us to reserve tickets for payment on the door or online here (please note there’s a 10% booking fee for online bookings). Unreserved tickets £16 on the door.


February 14th VALENTINE’S NIGHT SPECIAL

JIM MULLEN AND ZOE FRANCIS

Lightly swinging through the standard repertoire, vocalist Zoe Francis teams up with the great guitarist Jim Mullen and pianist Kate Williams for a Valentine’s night special! 

Zoe Francis – vocals. Jim Mullen – guitar, Kate Williams – piano, Alex Eberhard – drums, Marianne Windham – bass

Zoe FrancisZoe started singing jazz while living and working in New York, and soon became a regular fixture on the scene, often sitting in with the late Harry Whitaker and his trio at Arturo’s down in the Village as well as working with many other musicians including Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Joe Cohn and Chris Flory.

Her first album ‘Looking for a Boy’ was released to significant acclaim, while her second, ‘The Very Thought of You’, recorded live at the 606 in 2014, came out to similar plaudits. Both discs provide a great showcase for her beautiful voice as well as Zoe’s exquisite taste. Singing a really lovely selection of melodic standards (some well known, others less so), with a great sense of swing and natural ability, Zoe’s gigs are just terrific.

 ‘Something a bit special is going on when she takes the stage – a classy, poised singer who respects her material enough to deliver it straight and true’ LondonJazz News;

jim-mullenAppearing with Zoe this evening will be the multi-award winning Jim Mullen, widely regarded as one of the finest jazz guitarists in Europe. Jim’s career spans five decades and both sides of the Atlantic and he has worked with US musicians Mose Allison, Gene Harris, Teddy Edwards and UK artists Georgie Fame, Brian Auger, Claire Martin and of course Dick Morrissey in the Morrissey/Mullen Band.

We are also delighted to welcome the wonderful pianist Kate Williams and Alex Eberhard on drums, with Marianne Windham completing the lineup on bass .

Doors 7.30pm, Music 8pm Tickets £14 in advance (students £7) by contacting us to reserve tickets for payment on the door or online here (please note there’s a 10% booking fee for online bookings). Unreserved tickets £16 on the door.

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